Hacienda Buena Vista. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Visit the Restored Hacienda Buena Vista

Hacienda Buena Vista is a carefully restored 19th-century coffee plantation just north of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Left to rot and rust after the land was expropriated by the Puerto Rican government, in 1984 an extensive restoration project brought the hacienda back to life and now offers guided tours by reservation and an exclusive harvest of coffee beans.

Kriol stew. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Evolution of Belizean Food

The very idea of a national cuisine is as new as every other part of Belizean identity. Since the times of the Baymen, Belize has been an import economy, and with independence came renewed national pride where “Belizean” has been gradually applied to the adapted varied diet of many cultures.

The brand new waterfront of Paseo Tablado La Guancha. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s South Coast

Instead of lush, rocky coastlines, rough Atlantic waters, mountainous karst country, and a dense population, Puerto Rico’s south coast features a flat, dry topography, and considerably less commercial development. It’s a great place to go if you want to escape the traffic and American influence found elsewhere on the island. And there are many great historic and cultural sights to explore.

Po Nagar Towers. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Sights North of Nha Trang, Vietnam

There are two notable sights north of Nha Trang: the Po Nagar Towers and the rocky promontory of Hon Chong, both excellent sites for scenic views and interesting histories. Both are easily visited in one trip; stop first at the towers and then continue along the same road for another mile to the sea.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market

Easily the most recognizable structure in Saigon, Ben Thanh Market–located at the north edge of Quach Thi Trang roundabout–is the original commercial heart of the city and a prime spot for souvenir shopping. Learn about its history and its popular day and night markets.

The Bermudian Heritage Museum once belonged to the Grand United Order of Good Samaritans, which aided newly freed blacks before and after their emancipation in 1834. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Key Sites Along Bermuda’s African Diaspora Trail

Bermuda’s black heritage and the 200-year legacy of slavery on the island is remembered through a chain of monuments and museums. The African Diaspora Trail has a dozen points of interest throughout the island all officially designated UNESCO Slave Route Projects. Here are some of the key sights and points of interest along the trail.

Depiction of the west end of Hamilton Wharf circa 1857. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Bermuda’s Portuguese

On November 6, 1849, a sailing ship made port in Hamilton carrying 58 men, women, and children—the first Portuguese immigrants to Bermuda. Learn about their history from this first arrival to their fight for equal rights with other island residents as late as the 1980s to how their culture thrives today.

Puerto Rican rum. Photo © Alan Levine, licensed Creative Commons distribution.

The History of Puerto Rican Rum

Around the turn-of-the-19th century, Puerto Rico’s sugar industry declined, but that didn’t stop the rum-making operations. Learn the best ways to explore the flavors and history of the island’s favorite elixir.

Bone fragments found at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, Belize

Those looking for a little Mayan history on Ambergris Caye in Belize can find it at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. History and adventure buffs will enjoy private guided tours of this virgin site, currently under study, which was inhabited by the Maya for 1,600 years.

Hassel Island lies just offshore from Charlotte Amalie, St, Thomas, USVI.

Visiting Hassel Island off St. Thomas

Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands, just off St. Thomas, has served many purposes throughout history. From early 19th-century British fortifications to a leprosarium to an important marine railway, some of those ruins are still standing for exploration. Learn more about the island’s history and how you can visit.